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2009 H1N1 Flu Guidelines: Returning from Mexico

The University of Minnesota is following travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time, there are no restrictions placed on your return to the University of Minnesota as a faculty member, staff member, or student.

However, according to CDC, if you are returning from Mexico, you should closely monitor your health for seven days after your return.

If you become ill

If you become ill during this period with fever or other symptoms of H1N1 flu (swine flu) such as cough, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, call your doctor, clinic, or student health service for an appointment right away. You may be tested for H1N1 and given antiviral treatment if needed.

At your appointment with your physician or health service, tell them the following:

  • Your symptoms,
  • Where you traveled,
  • and If you have had close contact with a person infected with H1N1 flu (swine flu).

Until you are well or have been cleared of an H1N1 diagnosis

Avoid leaving your home while sick except to get local medical care, or as instructed by your doctor. Do not go to work or school while you are ill. If you reside in a University of Minnesota residential group living facility (dorm) you may be asked to avoid returning to the dorm until the safety of other residents can be established.

Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw away used tissues in a trash can.

Wash your hands with soap and water often and especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel containing at least 60 percent alcohol.

Avoid close contact with other people as much as possible.

Wear a surgical mask if you are in contact with other people while ill.

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